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Kurumba Maldives Review • Relax at the First Resort in the Maldives

Kurumba Maldives Review • Relax at the First Resort in the Maldives

A brief boat journey away from the Male airport, on the North Male Atoll, lies the Maldives very first resort. So, we couldn’t consider a greater place to start out off with our first journey to the Maldives!

It’s an exquisite resort with an extended historical past, loads of appeal, and vibrant tropical gardens. After, serving hundreds upon hundreds of friends the resort is aware of a factor or two about displaying guests an excellent time with loads of actions. All whereas staying in fantastic bungalows unfold across the island with quick access to a white sand seashore.

We didn’t know what to anticipate with its proximity to Male, however after stepping off our speedboat and onto Vihamanaafushi (the island) we have been in heaven.

Getting In

We have been shocked by how shut Kurumba Maldives is to Male. Actually, you’ll be able to depart the Male Airport and 5 to 10 minutes later arrive by way of speedboat to Kurumba. You’ll be able to see the town very clearly from Kurumba. That is each a very good and dangerous factor.

For households and different vacationers who’ve had sufficient flying and touring to succeed in the Maldives, they will relaxation assured Kurumba is simply a five-minute boat experience away. On the flip aspect being so near the town means…properly you’re close to a metropolis and may see all of the issues you could be wishing to flee.

In case you are arriving late at night time to the Maldives, Kurumba is a superb choice because the speedboat runs 24 hours. That is against taking a seaplane, as these solely function throughout daylight.

When you recover from the novelty of taking a seaplane they’re fairly uncomfortable flights. Seaplanes within the Maldives are operated virtually solely by TWA who personal an enormous fleet of Twin Otters. The seaplanes are costly, loud, scorching, and cramped—virtually sure to induce nausea should you’re trapped on one for lengthy.

So once we examine the journey required by different resorts within the Maldives, Kurumba is a breath of recent air.

The Property

Once we arrived we have been stunned and delighted to seek out out that Kurumba Maldives is the primary ever resort to open within the Maldives. In 1978, Kurumba Maldives opened it’s doorways to vacationers and has been working ever since.

You could assume that due to this the property is dated, however we discovered it to be the other. Amenities at Kurumba Maldives are new, trendy, and properly maintained. From the pool to the loos, many eating places, and even the grounds the property is immaculate.

A current renovation has left the resort in prime form with completely manicured grounds across the island. We spent a lot of our time ambling across the island and strolling by means of the luxurious gardens earlier than stopping for a drink at a beachside bar.

The Rooms

As a result of Kurumba is the primary resort within the Maldives there are not any overwater bungalows across the property. They me be all the craze now, however Kurumba is just too shut the town to now construct overwater bungalows. However, we got their commonest deluxe seashore bungalow room and though we have been hesitant at first we ended up actually loving our little residence away from house.

The room was spacious, with a really snug king mattress, full with a Nespresso machine and two complimentary giant waters. Nevertheless what we actually favored was the outside open-air rest room. Two showers and a tub with eco-friendly toiletries (no single use plastics) make us joyful campers.

The Meals

With 15 days within the Maldives, we got a whole lot of meals to attempt. I’m joyful to say that Kurumba Maldives had a number of the greatest we skilled within the Maldives. With many years of expertise, the meals and beverage staff clearly is aware of what they’re doing when catering to visitors. A large and assorted menu with multiples eating places ensures everybody stays joyful and full.

Most guests to the resort may have both a half board, full board, all all-inclusive choice. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served in the primary eating all buffet type. For buffet meals, we discovered the ambiance and meals superb and recent and the menu truly modified each day whereas catering to a world viewers (many resorts within the Maldives cater to the Asian traveler).

For people who aren’t feeling the buffet, Kurumba has a plethora of a la carte eating places together with the award-winning Thila. We dined one night time at Thila and one other at their Indian restaurant. Different highlights embrace an Arabic restaurant, Asian, and worldwide restaurant.

Enjoying Kurumba

The Employees

The employees at Kurumba are extremely type and useful. Each tour we had was met with immediate and courteous employees members from everywhere in the world! We had nice interactions with them and the wait employees have been fast to satisfy any want we might have throughout meals occasions.

When it got here to the rooms the cleansing employees would accommodate our occasions out of the room and provide us with recent water or towels each time we felt the necessity. It was altogether an outstanding expertise.

The Diving

We have been tremendous lucky to hook up with Euro Divers Maldives, palms down our favourite dive firm within the Maldives. We spent a full day trip on the boat with them and took half in three strong dives.

Gabriella, the supervisor, and superior dive grasp took us out and confirmed us the most effective round Kurumba. Diving within the Maldives was truly our first enjoyable dive after getting licensed in Bali and I used to be nonetheless nervous about being underwater alone. Gabriela made me really feel extraordinarily assured in all our dives.

She even guided us via our first drift dive (the present within the Maldives is significantly intense), the place we drifted via the ocean seeking mantas. Sadly, no mantas however we laid eyes on six sharks, an enormous inexperienced sea turtle, and two frog fish that have been named after us, “Natasha and Cameron.”

Chances are you’ll assume that as a result of Kurumba is so near Male the diving isn’t nice, however that is removed from true. The Euro Divers staff nonetheless took us round to some vibrant dive websites the place the fish have been plentiful. In the event you’re occupied with diving within the Maldives I extremely advocate Euro Divers.

The Actions

In fact, you’re within the Maldives so maybe all you need to do is lounge within the solar and drink pina colodas – and that’s okay! Nevertheless, there are nonetheless many actions for all to take pleasure in at Kurumba.

For starters, if you wish to be off by yourself you possibly can lease a masks and a few fins and snorkel across the resort. We personally selected to journey the Maldives with our personal fins, masks, and snorkel so we didn’t should hold paying for leases and it was a tremendous choice. In case you’re actually into snorkeling I can’t advocate your personal gear sufficient.

Different actions embrace group snorkeling, dolphin watching, kayaking, rise up paddling, sundown fishing, and a Male tour. We went out with the workforce to go on a dolphin sundown cruise with little expectations. We have been about to cancel the journey as we aren’t massive on touristy issues like dolphin watching, however after the journey, we have been glad we didn’t because it was superb!

Dolphins in Maldives

Most of the dolphins within the Maldives are referred to as spinner dolphins. Once they get excited they may bounce excessive out of the water and spin. The sight of dozens of dolphins leaping out of the water was a spectacular present.

On prime of that, they’ve enjoyable with the boats and can chase them via the water. For about two hours we have been surrounded by 150 dolphins which have been an unforgettable expertise.

Couples with youngsters may even love Kurumba Maldives as there’s a full schedule right here day by day. Issues like yoga, recreation room time, and coconut portray are enjoyable actions you’ll possible discover on the schedule. There’s additionally an enormous child middle at Kurumba with educated employees to care for the little ones so you’ll be able to correctly take pleasure in your trip.

The Wellness

This was the one time we had the prospect to go to the spa within the Maldives and it was merely excellent! I don’t assume I’ve felt so relaxed in a spa since I landed in Langkawi after a red-eye flight.

A lot of the masseuse I noticed at Veli Spa have been Thai and used the identical wonderful methods I’ve acquired for massages in Thailand, simply with the tranquility of the Maldives Islands. You gained’t have any regrets reserving a remedy at their wellness middle.


In case you are in search of a simple and reasonably priced Maldives trip simply minutes away from the airport Kurumba is a superb name. All of the facilities are spotless and trendy, the seashores are utterly enjoyable, and the meals will wow any worldwide traveler away.

We additionally discovered Kurumba Maldives to be child and household pleasant, however nonetheless good for couples who’re in search of some hidden romance. Mix that each one with world class diving and enjoyable excursions and you’ve got your self a incredible trip deliberate forward of you.

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What to Pack for Kurumba

Journey Water Bottle

You’re sitting in the midst of the ocean so it’s greatest to not contribute to the issue shopping for plastic water bottles all over the place. We’ve shifted to utilizing an insulated aluminum water bottle because it handles the recent solar properly. Nevertheless, we additionally love filtered water bottles in areas we’re unsure of the water provide. Learn extra about favourite water bottle for journey in our publish.

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Reef Protected Sunscreen

Most inns within the Maldives gained’t present this and can cost a premium to buy so ensure to return from house. We propose you put on eco-friendly sunscreen when going getting into the ocean with a view to shield marine life.

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Smith Lowdown 2

With all of that solar, white sand, and reflection you could shield your eyes within the Maldives. The Chromapop lens know-how is like seeing the world with a recent set of our eyes. They improve distinction, scale back glare, and reflection for excellent imaginative and prescient whereas driving, strolling round city, or out on the water. We additionally love the type of the glasses for anybody who likes to stay an lively way of life.

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Cressi Scuba/Snorkel Set

The spotlight of any journey to the Maldives shouldn’t be the seashores, it’s the plentiful marine life. In case you make all of it the best way out to those coral atolls within the Indian Ocean it might virtually be a criminal offense to not hunt down a few of the marine life. We wish to journey with our personal gear because it saves us rental charges, however most significantly it’s new, matches our face, and nobody has slobbered on the snorkel piece earlier than.

If attainable head to an area dive store to attempt fins on your self as making it matches proper to your foot is necessary. That’s why we solely advocate choosing up a masks and snorkel, worst case state of affairs you’ll be able to lease a pair of fins from the resort.

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Flip Flops

Flip-flops are by no means a nasty concept at seashore locations and must be on each traveler’s Maldives packing listing. My favourite model is Rainbow Sandals as they final ceaselessly and are tremendous snug as soon as the leather-based varieties to your foot.

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Solar hat

You aren’t going to get Instagram well-known within the Maldives with no massive floppy sunhat! Significantly, I feel each woman I noticed had a sunhat and I used to be jealous I didn’t have one. Don’t be me and simply convey one in your journey.

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Dry bag

Dry luggage are nice for those who’re going to spend time on the seashore or end up out on a ship. They may shield your telephone and another electronics from the ocean, or extra importantly if it begins to rain. We discovered them actually necessary once we went out on our diving journeys. See our favorites right here.

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Digital camera Gear

Likelihood is you’ll need a digital camera on your journey to The Maldives. Our favourite pocket-sized level and shoot digital camera for fast journeys are the Sony RX100V. It takes incredible pictures and video and is the dimensions of your palm.

We purchased this digital camera particularly for our journey to Hawaii earlier as yr as we might simply add on underwater housing for an reasonably priced worth. It got here in useful once we have been snorkeling with sea turtles, black tipped reef sharks, mantas, and sting rays within the Maldives. Take a look at our different journey cameras right here.

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Kindle Paperwhite

Take a look at a number of the greatest sellers proper now and decide up a replica. I wish to learn on days once I simply really feel like sunbathing and enjoyable, which was daily within the Maldives. Cameron is fairly impatient so having a e-book to learn on the seashore offers some a lot wanted an leisure.  I’ve lately upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite and completely like it. It’s small, has touchscreen features, and a backlight in order that I can learn at night time with no harsh glare.

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Journey Insurance coverage

We by no means journey with out journey insurance coverage with World Nomads.  Natasha is a little bit of a fear wart and would somewhat keep protected than sorry. World Nomads is right for versatile and nice plans!


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